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Baghdad embassy plans turn up online

deputy_chief_gate.jpg(UPDATE: AP is reporting that the image at the right is an example of the images being discussed in this news report - Lee)

Detailed plans for the new U.S. Embassy under construction in Baghdad appeared online Thursday in a breach of the tight security surrounding the sensitive project.

Computer-generated projections of the soon-to-be completed, heavily fortified compound were posted on the Web site of the Kansas City, Mo.-based architectural firm that was contracted to design the massive facility in the Iraqi capital.

The images were removed by Berger Devine Yaeger Inc. shortly after the company was contacted by the State Department.

"We work very hard to ensure the safety and security of our employees overseas," said Gonzalo Gallegos, a department spokesman. "This kind of information out in the public domain detracts from that effort."

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Comments (5)


Far from the actual plans....all they are is artists conceptual drawings. Yawn.

Lee Ward:

Yawn... that's why they were taken down.

Some U.S. officials acknowledged that damage may have been done by the postings and used expletives to describe their personal reactions. Still, they downplayed the overall risk.

"People are eventually going to figure out where all these places are, but you don't have to draw them a map," said one senior official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk about the embassy project.

No, we did better than draw them a map. Like I said -- unbelievable.

Paul Hamilton:

"In Xanadu did Kublai Khan a stately pleasure dome decree..."

I can't decide if that's a more appropriate reference or something from the Masque of the Red Death...

Lee Ward:

All of the "leaks" I'm aware of by the NYT are examples of exactly the kind of reporting a strong democracy needs from a free press.

Read Secretary of Defense Robert Gates' thoughts on this subject D-H -- exemplary examples of right-thinking from the right side of the aisle.


I agree that it is a bad idea to leak sensitive information, but people are acting like they posted all the blueprints, specs, shop drawings, etc. Usually when I get plans for a building there are more than just artists drawings. It is pretty hard to build a building from a few pictures.


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